Daily Report – Yosemite National Park Monday, April 8th, 2019

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Daily Report – Yosemite National Park
Monday, April 8th, 2019
 
Today: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain showers in the morning, then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 46 to 61 higher elevations…56 to 70 lower elevations. Prevailing southwest winds up to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph…except southwest 15 to 30 mph over ridges.
Tonight: Rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then rain showers after midnight. Colder. Lows 25 to 40 higher elevations…37 to 47 lower elevations. Snow level above 8000 feet after midnight. Prevailing southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph…except southwest 20 to 30 mph over ridges.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. At lower elevations, a chance of rain showers in the morning, then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. At higher elevations, a chance of rain and snow showers. Highs 33 to 48 higher elevations…48 to 56 lower elevations. No snow accumulation lower elevations…up to 3 inches higher elevations. Snow level 5500 feet. Prevailing west winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the morning.
 
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NEW AND HAPPENING TODAY
 
Multicultural Fluency Symposium Planning Committee Meeting Tuesday
Are you interested in helping Yosemite move forward in its relevancy, diversity, and inclusion efforts? Join the Multicultural Fluency Symposium Planning Committee! The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th from 10:30am to 12pm. If you are are Yosemite Employee (NPS, VIPs, Park Partners) and interested in attending, please email yose_rdi@nps.gov for more information. (S. Hernandez)
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Yosemite GIS User Group April 11
The next meetup for parkwide GIS users is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th at 2pm in the El Portal Large Breakroom. Any and all park employees interested and/or involved in GIS are invited to attend. Come to meet other GIS users, share your ideas, and learn something new! Contact Elizabeth Hale at elizabeth_hale@nps.gov or 379-1307 if you have questions.
 
You can also join the YOSE GIS user group mailing list for calendar invites to future user group meetings and park GIS announcements. Use the request button on center of page: http://sharepoint.yose.nps.gov/reso/gis/SitePages/Home.aspx  (E. Hale)
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Campgrounds Update
Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow campgrounds return to reservations Monday, April 8th. Reservations may be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.  (E. Bissmeyer)
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Yosemite Conservancy Employment Opportunities: Wilderness Reservation Assistant, Year-Round and Seasonal Positions Available
Would you like to work for Yosemite Conservancy as a Wilderness Reservation Assistant? Two positions are currently available – one seasonal, one year-round. Reservation assistants are responsible for processing online requests for backpacking permits for all trailheads within the park and for staffing the wilderness reservation phone lines. Applicants must be familiar with Yosemite’s trails and have strong computer skills. During the summer months, reservation assistants will patrol trails within Yosemite and assist NPS with issuing permits at the front deck, but the majority of their time is spent in the back office answering phone calls and entering reservation data. Office location is Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center. Hourly rate is $14.00 / 40 hr workweeks (Mon. – Fri.). The seasonal position begins in April/May and ends in September. The year-round position is furloughed for 4-6 week in Oct/Nov but it does include benefits – paid vacation, medical, 401k, etc. If you would like to apply please send your resume and cover letter to lstowe@yosemiteconservancy.org. In your email, please note the trails you have hiked in Yosemite and any other backpacking experience you may have.  (L. Stowe)
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Happy Isles Phone Line Restored
The phone line at Happy Isles has been restored and is now able to take calls!  (L. Spielman)
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Yosemite National Park Announces the Mariposa Grove Road and the Free Visitor Shuttle Open for the Season on Friday, April 12, 2019 – Yosemite News Release April 5, 2019 
Visitors should prepared for snowy conditions in the Lower and Upper Grove
 
Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove Road will reopen to automobiles on Friday, April 12, 2019. The free visitor shuttle to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will also resume service for the busy summer season on Friday, April 12. When the shuttles are running, visitors should park at the South Entrance Parking area and ride the free shuttle 2-miles to the Lower Grove.
 
Every year, the Mariposa Grove Road closes during the winter season and reopens in the spring as conditions allow. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias remains open year-round, but during the winter season visitor parking is located at the South Entrance Parking Area and visitors can snowshoe or cross-country ski up the Mariposa Grove Road or the Washburn Trail.  
 
Visitors planning to hike in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in April and early May should be prepared for winter hiking conditions. Up to two feet of snow remain in some sections of the trails in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. For more information on current conditions in Yosemite National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.
 
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.  (J. Richards) 
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Seeking Housing
New NPS employee looking for housing opportunities in El Portal. Has no pets, is originally from Pennsylvania, and recently completed service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar. Please call Farrahn Hawkins at 267-221-4161 if any housing opportunities arise.  (F. Hawkins)
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Bootjack Rental  
Bootjack Rental with amazing views on quiet cul de sac available now $1,175 month plus $1,500 security deposit (first month and deposit by cash or cashiers check only). One year lease, 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1440 sq ft manufactured home, laminate flooring, brand new central heat and air, vinyl dual pane windows, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, stove/microwave hood, small shed. Pets negotiable, tenants responsible for all utilities. No smoking, no drugs. Must have verifiable income. Contact Michelle Jones at shelme@sti.net. (N. Phillipe) 
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Midpines Rental Home Available May
3 bed /2 bath mobile home for rent in Midpines with amazing views. Non-smokers, no pets, Excellent cell service, propane heat, wood stove, swamp cooler, refrigerator, washer/dryer (if needed).  $1250/month + $1300 deposit.  Available May 1st. Call 209 742-3369.  (A. Keeton)
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CONSTRUCTION & TRAFFIC DELAYS
 
One-Lane Operations On Highway 41
Caltrans, the CA Department of Transportation, is implementing one-way traffic control on State Route 41 in Fish Camp, April 2 through April 26. A Caltrans contractor is repairing culverts and pavement damaged by winter rains and snow. Hours of construction are 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Delays of 15 minutes are possible. Please drive carefully, look for stopped traffic and flaggers, and follow instructions posted on signs or provided by contractors.  (J. Donovan)